Our Team

Bert A. Kobayashi Sr.
Founder & Senior Advisor

Bert Kobayashi began his career at Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. (ACK) in 1962 when his father and company founder suffered an illness and Bert was asked to leave college and manage the company. Under his leadership, ACK grew in size from $2 million to $125 million a year. When Mr. Kobayashi and other s…

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Patrick K. Kobayashi
President / CEO & Co-Founder

With more than 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry, Patrick K. Kobayashi provides fiscal management and marketing and sales direction for the company’s many projects. Mr. Kobayashi also manages the sales and retail leasing for KG developments, such as the recently-completed Park Lane Al…

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Bert A. "BJ" Kobayashi, Jr.
Partner & Co-Founder

In addition to being a Founding Partner of Kobayashi Group, BJ is also a Managing Partner, Co-Founder, and Investment Committee Member of BlackSand Capital, LLC. He continues to serve as a Partner of Kobayashi Group, LLC following the formation of the Fund. Mr. Kobayashi has 22 years of experience i…

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Alana Kobayashi Pakkala
Executive Vice President & Managing Partner

Kobayashi Group Executive Vice President & Managing Partner, Alana Kobayashi Pakkala has been with the real estate development and investment firm for 19 years. Her expertise includes managing architectural and interior design, proforma and construction projects, and sales & marketing.


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Matthew Pennaz
Chief Operating Officer

With more than 20 years of Hawai’i real estate development experience, Matthew is the Chief Operating Officer at Kobayashi Group, where he is involved in all aspects of the development process including acquisition and analysis, entitlements, project management, marketing, construction, and disposit…

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Sandra Harano
Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Sandra oversees the financial activities of Kobayashi Group and its related entities, including accounting, financial planning, cash management, financing, and tax compliance.

Ms. Harano is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 35 years’ experience in finance and management. She is re…

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Elton Wong
Vice President & Project Manager

Elton Wong has over thirty years of real estate development experience and has been a project manager with the Kobayashi Group since 2004. His management projects include the mixed-use development with 200 affordable rental units and Juvenile Service Center/Shelter, the 191,000-sq.-ft. Kapiolani Med…

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Andrew Starn
Executive Vice President, Retail Development

Andrew Starn, Vice President and Retail Market Expert with Kobayashi Group, specializes in Waikiki and resort markets throughout the state of Hawai’i. Mr. Starn is involved in many aspects of Kobayashi Group’s development process including the development of long-range plans, acquisition and analysi…

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Our Work

As a company deeply rooted in Hawai’i, we understand the unique values and priorities of our Island communities. Because we only take on projects in our home state, we take great care to honor those values in everything we do, applying our skills and expertise to meet the needs of a diverse population.

Residential projects

Commercial Projects